Alberta Health Services says the younger you get at kids to avoid tobacco the more successful you’ll be in stopping them from ever picking up the habit.
AHS has launched a new program aimed at students in grades 4 to 6. It includes interactive online lesson plans and activities as well as an interactive card game and be visually appealing to students who are likely used to seeing flashy graphics in video games.
Dr. Brent Friesen, AHS Medical Officer of Health says this program replaces the out-of-date smoking prevention plan.
“There’s been significant changes just in the graphics and the way that you present the information to students. It was essential that we update the program for those grades. We know that the younger that people start using tobacco, because of the effect nicotine has on the developing brain, the harder it is for them to stop using tobacco when they’re older.”
The new program, the Academy for Tobacco Prevention was developed in partnership with the University of Lethbridge.
Research shows that most smokers start experimenting with cigarettes between the ages of 10 and 18.